The Most Anticipated Rock Albums of 2022

From Elvis to Coldplay, Little Richard to Radiohead, rock music has evolved at a lightening pace since the genre “arrived” in the 50’s. When it comes to rock and roll, artists are never done pushing boundaries, exploring fresh sounds, experimenting, making themselves new.

Indie rock, folk, heavy metal, and pop rock. This is one of the most diverse genres in the music industry, with new artists emerging each year. The rockers making music today are worth listening to, as they continue to write and play for this radical musical tradition.

Here they are. The Most Anticipated Rock Albums of 2022, the records we are most looking forward to hearing this year.

Jack White: Entering Heaven Alive

Album Release Date: July 22, 2022 (

It’s been four years since Jack White released 2018’s Boarding House Reach. For those of you who thought you heard Jack White on the new Call of Duty, you were correct. On “Taking Me Back,” specially released for the video game, Jack White sports his fuzzy, vintage rock sound. Though we can’t be certain, we anticipate “Taking Me Back” is representative of at least one of White’s new albums.

According to the artist, his upcoming albums, Fear of the Dawn and Entering Heaven Alive, are “two entirely distinctive albums … each defined by different inspirations, different themes, different moods.” The records were both written over the course of the past several years and now, finally, White is ready to release them via his label Third Man Records. Fear of the Dawn is out April 8th, while Entering Heaven Alive will roll out next summer, July 22nd.

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Arcade Fire: WE

Album Release Date: May 6, 2022

This past March, Arcade Fire released their first new single in five years. The single, “The Lightning I, II,” was recently performed on SNL—making it the band’s fifth appearance on the show. This Spring, the reemergence of Arcade Fire will culminate in the release of their sixth studio album: WE.

It’s clear, from Arcade Fire’s recent Coachella set, from the melodic and sincere singles we have heard from WE so far, that their sixth album is a return to their earliest form. For those of you who continue to playback songs from Funeral and The Suburbs, Arcade Fire’s WE is a must-listen. Not to mention, if you haven’t seen Arcade Fire in concert, the band will be touring WE this summer and fall.

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The Juliana Theory: Still the Same Kids Pt. 1 EP

Album Release Date: May 6, 2022

It started off with the brand new single, “Playback ’99 (Burn the Cassette Deck),” an energetic punk rock track that signals the return of one of our favorite bands. The single, which serves to demonstrate The Juliana Theory’s wide-ranging approach to rock, also arrived with a new music video. The Juliana Theory is out with their new EP, Still the Same Kids Pt. 1, in early May.

Warpaint: Radiate Like This

Album Release Date: May 6, 2022

We had no idea if the L.A-based indie rock outfit Warpaint would ever reunite to release another album. Now, after a six-year-long hiatus, Warpaint are out with a new album. The record, Radiate Like This, was led by the single “Champion.”

The fourth album and first since 2016’s Head’s Up will be supported by a U.S tour. Don’t miss your chance on seeing Emily Kokal, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Stella Mozgawa, and Theresa Wayman live, performing an album that has been cooking for some time now.

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The Black Keys: Dropout Boogie

Album Release Date: May 13, 2022

The two-man, blues rock outfit The Black Keys will release their eleventh studio album this spring. Following covers albums, renditions of  R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough songs, and more, it seems that The Black Keys are getting ready for another retreat. Dropout Boogie, nodding to the soulful history of rock and roll, is not quite the scrappy drum-and-guitar formula of their past.

But it’s close. Dropout Boogie will quickly become a go-to Black Keys album for all of your driving playlists. Not to mention: The Black Keys will be touring, this year, with fellow rockers Band of Horses. We think live performances of Dropout Boogie are going to be iconic.

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Coheed and Cambria: Vaxis II: A Window of The Waking Mind

Album Release Date: May 27, 2022

Coheed and Cambria fans, get ready for yet another concept album, and an accompanying video game, this summer. The thirteen track record, Vaxis II: A Window of The Waking Mind, is produced by the band’s own Claudio Sanchez and Zakk Cervini.

This deeply immersive listening and game experience is an extension of the wondrous universe Coheed and Cambria continue to create. We can’t wait to see what Coheed and Cambria have in store for fans on this summer’s massive, headlining “A Window of The Waking Mind Tour.”

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Def Leppard: Diamond Star Halos

Album Release Date: May 27, 2022

We can’t believe it’s been over four decades since Def Leppard first came on the scene in Sheffield, England. Now, the heavy metal, glam rock band is getting ready to release their twelfth studio album. The new record, Diamond Star Halos, is a 15-song follow-up to  2015’s self-titled LP.

Def Leppard will be promoting Diamond Star Halos on the road for “The Stadium Tour.” Def Leppard will be joined by guests Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

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Rammstein

Album Release Date: Before their World Tour kicks off May 15, 2022

The German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein will be releasing a new album just ahead of their 2022 World Tour, which kicks off May 15th. There is little else known about the upcoming Rammestein album, but we do know that the band is getting ready for another one of their legendary tours.

Have yet to catch Rammstein in concert? Rammstein, with their expert pyrotechnics and explosive visuals, continue to be one of the most spectacular live shows in the world. You don’t want to miss Rammstein’s upcoming album and tour—postponed from 2020 and now, finally, back on track to rock audiences worldwide in 2022.

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Disturbed

Album Release Date: Fall 2022

David Draiman, frontman of Disturbed, has come out with some good news heading into the new year. Disturbed is hard at work on their 8th studio album, and according to Draiman, it won’t be long before fans will get to hear it. “We’re gonna hopefully start tracking right after the New Year, and feeling the way that it’s feeling, it’s not gonna take long,” he hyped to Loudwire.

What will fans hear on the new Disturbed album? Draiman told Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez that fans can expect “old school Disturbed.” Raucous, rhythmic, with anthems throughout, Disturbed seems to be working right in the middle of their element. Draiman said to Loudwire, “If I had to target it, it’s somewhere between The Sickness and Ten Thousand Fists. It’s in that realm, and it was really, really nice going back there. We’re just digging the sh*t out of it right now.”

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U2

Album Release Date: TBA

According to famed guitarist of U2, The Edge, the group is working on the follow-up to 2017’s Songs of Experience. The new U2 album is far from finished, with producers and collaborators very much up in the air, but The Edge has spoken out on the band’s progress so far.

“We are firmly locked in the tower of song and working away on a bunch of new things,” he said to Rolling Stone journalist Adam Clayton. “I’m just having so much fun writing and not necessarily having to think about where it’s going to go. It’s more more about enjoying the experience of writing and having no expectations or limitations on the process.”

In addition to a new album, U2 is also contemplating a commemorative Zoo TV tour. It’s been 30 years since U2 went on the Zoo TV Tour in support of Achtung Baby, a tour and album central to the band’s rejuvenation in the 90’s.

Through sensory overload, media programming, and jarring cuts of news, the Zoo TV tour aimed straight at the band’s self-seriousness. Now, The Edge thinks the Zoo TV concept would fit perfectly within today’s live entertainment, making it an attractive option for their next tour—hopefully, in 2022.

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